AJ McCarron

Alabama QB AJ McCarron spotted in walking boot


Before Alabama fans go having a heart attack, there may no reason to overreact to the sight of Alabama quarterback walking around with a walking boot on his right foot. Upon arriving in Atlanta and stepping in to the Georgia Dome, site of this weekend’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff, AJ McCarron was caught on camera with a walking boot on his leg.

There has been no talk this week about McCarron being significantly injured and at this time there is no word that playing time could be in jeopardy. Not that Nick Saban would be above that level of gamesmanship in any game, let alone the season opener, but if there was a chance McCarron would not play Saturday then it is pretty likely we would have heard about it by now.

McCarron did suffer a bruised foot during  practice earlier in the month, so this could very well be the drawn out impact of the injury. If for any reason McCarron is not available at the start or at any point during the game, the Crimson Tide would likely put the offense in the hands of junior Blake Sims. Sims, a Georgia native, is listed second on the depth chart behind McCarron. If needed, Alabama should have enough of an advantage in other positions to get by without McCarron and a junior quarterback at the helm.

Regardless of McCarron’s status, Alabama still figures to be well ahead in the health department compared to Virginia Tech. Yesterday we learned the Hokies had lost starting tight end Ryan Malleck for the year, the latest in a number of injuries for the Hokies leading up to the first kickoff of the season.

Red River Rivalry blacked out for some DISH subscribers in Texas

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Today one of college football’s biggest rivalry games will be shown to DISH customers in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and seven other regions in Texas. The reason? Television contract disputes between Tegna and DISH.

Tegna is the largest independent owner of NBC and CBS affiliates in the country, including NBC affiliates in Denver, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Phoenix. The company is in a continued dispute with DISH related to fee disputes, per Variety.

“Our position has been simple: The same fundamental terms that allowed us to reach deals with distributors nationwide should serve as the basis for our deal with Dish,” a statement from Tegna said. “Rather than accepting that fair, market-based approach, Dish has refused to reach an agreement and once again is preventing its customers from accessing valued channels, even as customers continue to pay for that content.”

Now the dispute carries a concern for some fans wanting to watch Oklahoma and Texas this afternoon.

This should go over well, although there may be some Texas fans who may not want to witness what happens to the Longhorns anyway.

Maryland going back to Perry Hills at QB vs. Buckeyes

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Heading into what could be his final game as head coach of the Maryland Terrapins, Randy Edsall will reportedly go with Perry Hills as his starting quarterback.

Hills, a junior, got the start for the first two games of the season but the leash was short. Edsall made a change to Caleb Rowe following a loss at home to Bowling Green. Hills has completed 52.9 percent of his passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Rowe has been a disaster at the position, completing just 44.0 percent of his attempts for 428 yards, four touchdowns and an astounding 12 interceptions in five games. Daxx Garman has struggled as well with a completion percentage of just 33.0.

Maryland take son No. 1 Ohio State this afternoon in Columbus.